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2015


2015

EnCase v7.10

Reviewed by George Karathanasis

After receiving a call to provide an evaluation on EnCase Forensic v7 Software, I started thinking of my case work on computer and mobile forensic analysis and the all tools that I have used over the years. The most commonly used by examiners like myself is one of the industry standards, EnCase. Guidance Software Inc. first presented this software in 1997. Guidance launched the current version (V7) in 2012, which brought a lot of changes to the software’s interface as well as many other well-known features in the software.

The current version of EnCase is V7.10; this tenth release reinforces the manufacturer’s great technical support. My first meeting with it was at Guidance’s training center in Slough, UK in 2012. My interaction with it has continued during many other training sessions of mine. EnCase is usually my primary forensic tool but also serves as an excellent verification tool.   more ...

2015

HDDSurgery Samsung & Toshiba Ramp Set

Reviewed by Mitch Impey

Introduction

A few weeks ago I volunteered to do a review of the HddSurgery tools as I have been fascinated with the mechanics of hard drives since I started working with computers over 25 years ago.

I received a well wrapped package containing the ramp sets along with three test hard drives. Despite owning dozens of hard drives, none are defective, so HDD Surgery kindly sent me three drives to practice on.

The ramp sets are inside a solid block of wood, the lid is milled out of this solid block of wood and secured in all four corners with a magnet as shown below.   more ...

2015

Oxygen Forensics' DETECTIVE Mobile Device Forensics Suite

Reviewed by Matt Edmondson

Recently I saw an email from ForensicFocus.com seeking a volunteer to write a review for Oxygen Forensics' DETECTIVE Mobile Device Forensics Suite. I have quite a bit of mobile device forensics experience, but mostly using other tools, and very little experience with Oxygen Forensics products. I thought this would be a great opportunity to test out a new tool. My overall impression of DETECTIVE’s features:

- Intuitive functionality and easy to personalize reporting mechanism
- Robust Social Graphing and Social Charting capabilities
- Ability to analyze data acquired from multiple devices and create integrated timelines and maps
- Smart phone savvy, even with models not supported on their website; “feature” (non-smart phones) not supported as robustly   more ...

2015

Magnet IEF

Reviewed by Steve Robles

Internet Evidence Finder (referenced hereinafter as "IEF") is a computer and mobile forensics tool developed by Jad Saliba of Magnet Forensics, formerly JAD Software. I first began experimenting with this tool in 2011 when the company I was working for began looking for a more efficient solution to analyzing web artifacts, specifically Internet activity and chat communications. While I was initially impressed with the functionality of the software, I was not completely sold on the product because I was utilizing other tools that had similar features and capabilities. It wasn’t until early 2015 when I began using the full version of IEF, and my only regret was not pushing for the purchase sooner.   more ...

2015

Practical Mobile Forensics

Practical Mobile Forensics
Reviewed by Scar de Courcier, Forensic Focus

Considering that there are separate books – indeed, whole genres – devoted to Android and iOS forensics specifically, writing a single tome that covers mobile forensics in a meaningful way is an ambitious task.

Not to be put off by the sheer amount of ground to cover, however, the authors of Practical Mobile Forensics have done just that. Satish Bommisetty, Rohit Tamma and Heather Mahalik have written a self-confessed “action-packed” guide to the mobile forensics world.

The book is aimed at forensic investigators who have only a very limited level of experience in mobile forensics. Like its sister book, Learning Android Forensics, it focuses primarily on open source and free solutions, which makes it all the more appropriate for those who are just starting out in a digital forensics career.   more ...